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The Nut (1921)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 6 March 1921 (USA)
Eccentric inventor Charlie Jackson tries to interest wealthy investors in his girlfriend's plan to help children from poor neighborhoods.


Theodore Reed (as Ted Reed)


Kenneth Davenport (story), Douglas Fairbanks (as Elton Thomas) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview:
Douglas Fairbanks ... Charlie Jackson
Marguerite De La Motte ... Estrell Wynn
William Lowery ... Philip Feeney
Gerald Pring Gerald Pring ... Gentleman George
Morris Hughes Morris Hughes ... Pernelius Vanderbrook Jr
Barbara La Marr ... Claudine Dupree
Sidney De Gray Sidney De Gray ... (as Sydney dé Grey)


Eccentric inventor Charlie Jackson tries to interest wealthy investors in his girlfriend's plan to help children from poor neighborhoods.

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DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS leaps over housetops to the heart of a girl. (Print Ad- Watertown Daily Times, ((Watertown, NY)) 4 June 1921)


Action | Comedy | Romance


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6 March 1921 (USA) See more »

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Kærlighed og Mekanik See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the claims for decades, Charlie Chaplin does not appear as his Little Tramp character in "The Nut." This was debunked by film historian Jeffrey Vance in his 2008 book "Douglas Fairbanks." Vance writes, "It is clearly a Chaplin imitator, not Chaplin himself, who appears briefly in the party sequence wearing the Tramp costume." See more »

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Only-fair Fairbanks
12 January 2009 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Douglas Fairbanks so embodied the ideal young American male of his day: honest, gallant, athletic, charming, and perhaps anti-intellectual. Ideas didn't propel him in the movies (though he's a clever inventor in this one), action did. In this transitional silent feature, he still has the light-comedian identity that made him a star in the 1910s, but he's doing more stunts and working his way toward the action-hero persona that propelled him through the 1920s. The trouble here is, in the title role, he really is a nut--callous and deceptive toward his girlfriend, impractical in all things, and incapable of learning anything. The villain, William Lowery, is a good one, a handsome charmer whose perfidy is convincing, and there are also glimpses of United Artists allies Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford in a party sequence. But, as another poster notes, it's never certain whether it's an actioner or a comedy, and Fairbanks doesn't even look his best. And I know we have to suspend a lot of disbelief with these silent comedies, but I'm surprised to learn from this film that 1) wax dummies can persuasively impersonate real human beings for extended periods, 2) cops can arrest you with no evidence, and 3) all it takes to be married is a judge, never mind the license or blood test.

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